The number of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff taking sick leave due to poor mental health is on the rise, new figures suggest.
The figures released to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act show 431 members of EMAS staff took leave due to issues such as stress, anxiety and depression between 2014-19.
Ambulance service bosses say it's partly down to the level of abuse workers receive while doing their job.
The government say it's funding a number of initiatives for emergency workers to tackle stigma around mental health.
The Reverend Kev Charles, chaplain and staff support lead at EMAS, says support is in place:
We became the first ambulance service in the country to sign the 'Blue Light Pledge' which is to fight the stigma of mental health in the workplace. We also use a ambulance service charity which offers one-on-one counselling."